- What is the main emotion expressed in the first stanza (verse)?
The main emotion expressed in the first stanza is one of suffering , hardship and of feeling in pain. Soldiers in the 1st stanza felt like this due to all the work they had to do, they did not enjoyed it at all, besides none of them wanted to go.
- What is the main emotion expressed in the first stanza (verse)?
- Write an example of a simile used in the first stanza: “ Bent double, like old beggars under sacks”
- Why were the shells ‘disappointed’? The shells were “disappointed” because they couldn’t hit the target, that were the soldiers. That the shells couldn’t kill anyone.
- How does the emotion change at the beginning of the second stanza? The emotion in the second stanza is fear and adrenaline, the first stanza talked more about the suffering and the life in wartime.
- What were the soldiers ‘fumbling’ for and why? The soldiers were fumbling for the poisonous gas and the fear of drowning like one of the soldiers did. They felt threatened and horrified.
- Owen uses a metaphor to describe what the gas looked like. Write it here: “ecstasy of fumbling”, “misty panes and thick green light”
- Why do you think the third stanza is only two lines long? Think about the dramatic effect and the emotion: The voice of the poem in this stanza feels guilty for what had happened because of war. It is used the “ing” in most words to refer to present tense, to show how the suffering that the war made him so through, repeats over and over again. It’s a two lines stanza to create tension and terror, the longer stanzas are slower when short ones carry a lot of emotional effects in only two lines.
- What is the main emotion expressed in the fourth stanza? The main emotion expressed in stanza four is one of anger and irritation.
- Name three parts of the body that are affected by this sort of gas: eyes, lungs and tongue.
- Explain the final lines. The writer emphasise in the reader (people at home or far away from war) that thinks that it’s a good way to die at war, a worthy way. He describes the way of dying of the soldiers by this gas, suffocating them until they die. Most of the war poets describes the soldiers in a gorgeous way, that they didn’t deserve to die, but the writer describes them as the “His hanging face, like a devil’s sick of sin;” after suffering from the poison of the gas.
Write your opinion of this poem. Think about what the emotion expressed, use of powerful words, use of similes and metaphors, layout, and what the poet is trying to say. Try to use full sentences and give reasons to support your ideas.
The poem is about World War 1, the imageries and metaphors Owen used gives us his clear view about the war. He opposed and criticised the people that thought dying at war was a worthy way to die. He describes with metaphors and imagery the effect of the poison gas, and the soldiers faces after suffering from the gas. “Drunk with fatigue; deaf even to the hoots
Of gas-shells dropping softly behind.” with the imagery, it conveys the horrible situation in the trenches. The gas is described as a green sea, Owen conveys the death of one of the soldiers: “As under a green sea, I saw him drowning.” The death of the gas is as awful as cancer, a disease without cure. The last stanza is mostly directed to the ones who saw the war from outside, who did not suffer and see the horrors of the trenches.
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The Death Bed
The speaker of this poem is a soldier who has lived war and he tries to express actions of war. This soldier goes in and out of consciousness. The author uses the waves and the water as a symbolism of being between being in the limit of life and death. While the main character is in the hospital, he has constant reminders of his orders at war and his work. This poem refers to the consequences of war, how the soldiers, although they survive, they weren’t able to establish themselves in society and they had physical damage as well as metal damage. The title makes reference to the beds at the hospital, were the soldiers rest and fought for their lives.
The following poem “Soldier rest” by Sir Walter Cost, deals with war as The death bed. The language used in the poem is from war, “warfare”, “battlefields” & “soldiers”. It is also connected to the French Revolution Since it mentions some words of it as “reveillé”. The tone of this poem is reflective, compressive, dreamy and calm. It deals with themes such as the problems of life, battles of life and death, the purpose of life, and the criticism of war. Imagery appears on war and hunting.
Write an essay. Compare and contrast 2 of the poems you have worked on. Comment closely on the themes, tones and how the writers convey their message.
Years ago, many people lived in war. Some of them participated of it and others no. Many were injured and others no. The Death Bed and and Soldier Rest deal with the work of soldiers at war and what they have gone through.
To start with, in the poem “Soldier Rest” by Sir Walter Scott deals with war. Death is presented as a restful sleep where all the stresses and strains of martial life drift off. This poem deals with soldiers lives. As the tittle of the poem says, “Soldier Rest”, the character of the poem has been constantly ordered by someone else; rest, giving up on war, and giving up on themselves. Scott in this poem deals with diferent themes such as the struggle of life, criticism of war, and finally with the battle of life and death. Death is not presented as something bad in this poem, actually it’s good since it liberates soldiers from what they had been stuck for years. This poem talks about war as a normal action on people’s lives in those times. The tone of this poem is reflective since the main character analysis and thinks about what he had passed through. At the same time it is a tone very calm, it talks about war calmly, not in a bad way, and not angry. The semantic field of this poem is war and the army, “soldier, rest!” & “days of danger, nights of walking”. By using alliteration, “ Sleep the sleep”, the author conveys that the soldier’s should be happy of sleeping since they were not going to participate of war, of the job. That they should enjoy this moment since they will finally rest in peace.
Moreover, the poem “ The death bed” by Siegfried Sasson was written during his service in World War Two. It deals with with a dying soldier who goes in and out, constantly of conciousness. One of the main themes in this poem is the battle between life and death. To live or die. While the main character is at the hospital he has flashbacks of his orders at war time. The author uses the waves and water from sea at the shoreline as a metaphor for the soldier’s condition, being in the exact border of living or dying. “Gently and slowly washing life away”, through this words the author is expressing that he is being removed, that his life is washed away, it will no longer exist and it makes reference to death. It also deals with soldiers daily lives, how they could never established in a society due to their traumas, bot physicall and emotional. The tittle of the poem is incredibly connected to the poem since the “bed’s” make reference to the hospital beds in which they all faught for their lives, were all of them were in the line between passing to the afterlife or not. The author conveys the consequences of war, soldier’s who die and others no. Also that they will never have normal life’s again since know they are totally different, war changes people completey.
In conclusion, both poems deal with the theme of war, and being in between life or death. Both poems transmit the message of being happy of “sleeping”, resting from war. Furthermore, both characters goe in and put of conciousness. The tones in both poems re very similar, calm and reflextive, there is no anger.